Norris Marshall talks about the beginning of BluePrint Engines

One High Performance Crate Engine At a Time!

BluePrint Engines® was started 20 years ago in a small garage in central Nebraska. What started as a passion for speed turned into a hobby, then a job, and finally a career. Our founder built one engine at a time for his friends and neighbors, and bit by bit his business and reputation grew. Drag racers, circle track racers, and street rodders all got some of the first engines produced by BluePrint Engines. Most of us can relate to what happened next.

BluePrint means fun reliable horsepower that you can drive every day. That’s why you’ll find our engines in all kinds of vehicles—from 4x4s to air boats to kit cars to frame off restorations. You’ll find lots of choices for crate engines. Take a look at BluePrint. We’re large enough to build engines by the thousands, but small enough to build one just for you.

Our experience and the sheer size of our company means that BluePrint is the best choice for your crate engine. You want horsepower—hey… that’s why you’re here right? But just as important—you want to get that horsepower from a solid, reputable company that does the job right and stands behind it.

During our 20-year history we have continued to build high performance crate engines, and have always tried to give the buyer exactly what they wanted. That’s another hallmark of We build engines for all needs and budgets.


BluePrint is the industry leader!

For over twenty years, our growth continues because of our customers and the trust they’ve placed with us in providing top product at a highly competitive price.

Engineered to last…

Our dedicated and highly knowledgable engineers remain at the forefront by constantly utilizing the latest cutting edge design tools, equipment and testing instruments to ensure your engine is built to last. It’s why we can offer one the industry’s best warranty.

Thousands of engines shipped…

With thousands of engines shipped and in service, BluePrint Engines has remained one of the leading crate engine manufacturers in the world.

Our Approach

Since the founding of our company, BluePrint Engines has always operated by a simple rule when it comes to crate engines…more horsepower for your dollar. While that may seem like a simple statement, what backs the statement is years of research, development and investment in the latest manufacturing technologies, quality control, and keeping a constant pulse on the crate engine industry trends. We place extreme importance on hiring the most qualified engineers, technicians, machinists and assemblers, and provide ongoing staff training.

We also employ the latest testing and quality control measures, and strive for zero product defects and warranty returns. Our mission is to provide you a crate engine that will give you year after year of pavement pounding dependability.

BluePrint featured in Chevy Hardcore


Recently, BluePrint Engines was featured in Chevy Hardcore Magazine in an article entitled “BluePrint Engines Reintroduces SBC 400 Engine”. You can check out the article in its entirety here.

BluePrint Engines featured Super Chevy


Super Chevy Magazine approached us for an article entitled “BluePrint Engines Explains Crate Packages – How it Works” and we kindly obliged. Check out the article here.